SCRUM Values: Story from Panchatantra

There lived four friends in a certain town. Though, all of them were young learned Brahmins, one of them was a complete ignorant in matters of learning but had good common-sense. The other three were very learned in matters of the Holy Scriptures, but lacked common-sense.

One day, as the four friends met, they decided, “The scholarship that we have over the Holy Scriptures is no good, if we cannot use it to impress the king, or otherwise to earn money!” 

They decided to travel, in order to earn a living using their learnings. But, the fourth friend was not learned, so they thought of leaving him behind. They agreed, “What good is common-sense? His talents would not help in earning money, so let’s leave him.” 

After much pleading by the fourth Brahmin, the other three decide, “It will not be correct to behave like this to a dear friend, let us take him along. We should also share a part of our earnings with him!” 

As decided, the four started their journey. As they were travelling through a jungle they noticed the bones of a dead lion lying on their way. 

One of them said, “Let us start using our scholarship! We have a dead lion in front of us. Let us test our scholarship, and try to bring it to life!” 

They are Open and transparent in thei decision making.


While the three Brahmins agreed, the fourth Brahmin did not like the idea. But, his preference was ignored by the other three, and they started theholy rituals.

One of the Brahmins collected the bones of the lion and using his scholarly education, created a skeleton of the lion. 

The second Brahmin used his expertise to cover the skeleton with flesh and skin. 

As the lifeless lion stood in front of them, the third Brahmin initiated the rituals to put life into the lion. 

They are all committed to do their work but  that was foolhardy commitment

The fourth Brahmin was alarmed, “O friends, if the lion comes to life, he will kill us! Please stop what you are doing!” 

The fourth Brahmin was focused on his survival. The other Brahmins were focused to exercise their talent and they were committed to do so.They were courageous to accept the consequence.

The Brahmins ridiculed him, “After reaching so far, are we going to waste our knowledge? You say so, because you are jealous of our scholarship!”

They did not exhibit any respect to their team member.

The fourth Brahmin knew that there was no point in arguing with them. He pleaded, “Please give me a moment. I wish to climb the tree nearby before you infuse life into the lion.” 

He started climbing up a tall l tree, and could see from above the third Brahmin using his scholarship, to put life into the lion. 

As soon as the lion came to life, it noticed the three Brahmins, who were celebrating the successful implementation of their education and talent. 

The lion immediately pounced on them, and killed them. 

The lion was also committed!

The fourth Brahmin could do nothing but wait till the lion had gone. Then, he climbed down the tree and returned home alone. 

Fourth Brahmin demonstrated all the scrum values.

He showed Openness and Courage to challenge their decision, he respected their decision.

He was focused and committed to warn them and save everyone’s life.

The fourth Brahmin is the scrum master, he has shown courage, he was committed and focused to help his fellow team members. But, as they did not show any respect, he could not do much to save them!

If all these team members were trained to understand the scrum values, their life could have been saved.


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